Esthetician Schools in New York

If you hope to become an esthetician, New York may be the perfect place to get your start. Not only is it the most beauty-obsessed state in the country, but it's also the worst state for dry skin and oily skin—meaning the residents could use your help for more than just a relaxing day out.

Browse our directory of esthetician schools in New York, or skip ahead to learn about the state's esthetician licensing requirements and job outlook.

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233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013

(212) 807-1492
Cosmetology, Esthetics

251 West Route 59
Nanuet, NY 10954

(845) 623-6339
Cosmetology, Esthetics

39 North Plank Road
Newburgh, NY 12550

Cosmetology, Esthetics

239 Central Avenue 3rd Floor
White Plains, NY 10606

(914) 631-4432

Aesthetic Science Institute – Accredited

922 Troy-Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12110

American Beauty School – Accredited

1380 Metropolitan Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462

Arrojo Cosmetology School – Accredited

56 King Street
New York, NY 10014

Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics – Accredited

151 W 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

Beauty School of Middletown

225 Dolson Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940

Berkowits School of Esthetics – Accredited

107-25 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Beval International Beauty School

985 Church Street
Baldwin, NY 11510

Brittany Beauty Academy – Accredited

375 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Brittany Beauty Academy – Accredited

3274 Hempstead Turnpike
Levittown, NY 11756

Career School of NY – Accredited

350 St. Marks Place
Staten Island, NY 10301

Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics, Skin Care and Makeup – Accredited

1501 Broadway 7th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Continental School of Beauty Culture – Accredited

2803 Brewerton Road
Mattydale, NY 13211

Continental School of Beauty Culture – Accredited

633 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623

Continental School of Beauty Culture – Accredited

1050 Union Road
West Seneca, NY 14224

Global Beauty and Barber Institute

1485 Hempstead Turnpike
Elmont, NY 11003

Grace International Beauty School – Accredited

136-31 41st Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355

John Paolo's Xtreme Beauty Institute – Accredited

426 Geyser Road
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

John Paolo's Xtreme Beauty Institute

1705 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501

Kismet Beauty and Wellness Institute

9 4th Avenue
Bay Shore, NY 11706

Lia Schorr Institute of Cosmetic Skin Care Training – Accredited

57 West 57 Street Suite 1409
New York, NY 10019

Modern International Beauty School

4802 8th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220

New York Beauty and Barber Academy – Accredited

200 Baldwin Street
Elmira, NY 14901

New York Institute of Beauty – Accredited

11 Oval Drive Suite 180
Islandia, NY 11749

New York Institute of Esthetics

4701 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221

Orlo School of Hair Design and Cosmetology – Accredited

232 North Allen Street
Albany, NY 12206

Pro Plasma Esthetic

247 West Fayette Street Suite 210
Syracuse, NY 13202

Shear Ego International School of Hair Design – Accredited

525 Titus Avenue
Rochester, NY 14617

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

2309 Eggert Road
Tonawanda, NY 14150

Westchester School of Beauty Culture – Accredited

6 Gramatan Avenue 2nd Floor Suite 200
Mount Vernon, NY 10550

Western Suffolk BOCES – Accredited

152 Laurel Hill Road
Northport, NY 11768

Brittany Beauty Academy | Hicksville

1400 N Mays Street
Hicksville, NY 11801

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How to Become a Esthetician in New York

New York Esthetician Careers At a Glance
  • 600 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 4 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for estheticians in New York is $41,660 ($20.03/hour). This is higher than the national average of $34,090 ($16.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 9% job increase between 2018–2028 for estheticians. This is lower than the expected national growth of 11%.

If you're considering becoming an esthetician in the state of New York, there are several requirements you must meet to get licensed. These include:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Complete an approved 600-hour training course
  • Submit an Affirmation of New York State Approved Schooling form, completed by your school
  • Pass 2.5- hour written and two-hour practical exam
  • Pay a $40 application license fee (plus an additional $10 for a temporary license, if needed)
  • Complete a one-hour course on domestic violence and sexual assault awareness
  • Take a physical and submit a health certification completed by a physician, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner

Esthetician Salary in New York and Projected Job Growth


Average yearly salary for esthetics in New York

Note: The federal government collected salary data before the state of New York, as well as individual cities therein, raised their minimum wages. We use the most recent data available when writing these pieces.

On average, New York State estheticians earn $41,660 annually or $20.03 per hour. Typical pay for estheticians throughout the state ranges between $25,070 and $63,170. New York estheticians' number of jobs is expected to increase by 9% between 2018 and 2028.

Salary rates are impacted by skill, experience, and where you work – and that includes both location and the type of facility. For example, an esthetician at a high-end spa in New York City can expect to earn a higher salary than someone living in a rural area. If you work as a medical esthetician, you may earn a higher salary than an esthetician in a standard spa or salon.

According to O*Net (2021), the highest-paying metro areas for estheticians in New York are:

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA: $37,220
  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York: $35,090
  • Syracuse, New York: $34,760
  • Rochester, New York: $31,800
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York: $30,750

What to Expect From an Esthetician Program in New York

600 Education Hours

Required to earn a esthetics license

To earn your esthetician's license, you'll need to complete a total of 600 hours of training at a state-approved beauty school. During this time, you'll take a range of classes covering topics such as chemistry, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and job skills.

Though the hours and types of classes you take may vary slightly by school, you can expect to take the courses over the following types of compounds or services for clients' face, arms, legs, necks, and shoulders:

  • Depilatories
  • Eyelash treatments
  • Lotions
  • Makeup
  • Sanding
  • Tonics
  • Tweezing
  • Waxes

Though you can perform these treatments using manual, mechanical, chemical, or electrical means, you won't be allowed to practice electrology.

Can I Apprentice as an Esthetician in New York?

Currently, the state of New York doesn't offer an apprenticeship path to esthetician licensure.

New York Esthetician Licensing Requirements

After completing the required 600 hours of training, you'll sign up to take the written and practical exams via the online services page. Each test can be retaken as many times as needed, and the cost is $15 per exam per attempt.

The written test is a 2.5-hour, multiple-choice test scored as either pass or fail. Sign up for the test at one of the written exam sites, and remember to bring proof of identification and two number two pencils. Currently, the test cannot be taken online.

The two-hour-long practical exam requires you to demonstrate your ability to prepare a model, remove superfluous hair, perform a facial, and apply makeup. To pass, you must score at least 70%. Log in to your NYS License Center account to check for scores after taking the exam.

After passing the written and practical exam, you'll receive your license in the mail.  

New York Esthetician Licensure Reciprocity

The state of New York has endorsement agreements with other states and transfers school credits in certain situations.

If you worked as an esthetician for five years outside of New York State, you may apply for licensure. You must submit an original certification, a copy of tax returns indicating your position as an esthetician, and two statements from previous employers, co-workers, or clients verifying at least five years of experience.

If you completed your education but didn't practice for five years outside of New York, you may be able to waive the schooling requirement. You must provide:

  • School certificate
  • School transcript listing the courses and hours completed
  • Current certification of licensure or a current certification from the state board verifying your training hours

Note this only waves the 600-hour schooling requirement. You'll still need to complete the written and practical exam. 

Esthetician Specialties in New York

While earning an esthetician license doesn't allow you to practice electrology (also called electrolysis) in New York, you may earn a certification. The state board doesn't regulate this, but the New York Electrolysis Association provides resources for those interested in earning an electrolysis certification.

Likewise, there is no license for medical estheticians. However, if you want to become a medical esthetician—which allows you to perform more in-depth treatments than standard estheticians—you should pursue continuing education in relevant subjects. Some schools in New York offer advanced esthetics programs with a focus on this field.

If becoming a nurse esthetician is your goal, you need to earn a nursing degree. Nurse estheticians can perform all treatments estheticians can and then some, including Botox.

License Renewal

4 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Your New York esthetician license is valid for four years. A few months before it expires, you'll receive a renewal notice in the mail with directions on applying for renewal. You can also log in to your account and complete the process there.

There are currently no continuing education requirements for New York estheticians.

The cost of license renewal is currently $40. A $10 late fee may be charged if you fail to renew your license before it expires.

Contact the New York State Board of Esthetics

New York Department of State, Division of Licensing Services

Resources for Estheticians in New York

New York State Beauty School Association
The NYSBSA monitors regulations that may impact member schools. It also offers a list of state-approved beauty schools.

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